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Icelandic-American pianist to perform March 7

RELEASED: March 3, 2011

Kristin Jonina Taylor
Kristín Jónína Taylor

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will host a piano recital by Icelandic-American Fulbright Scholar Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in Phillips Recital Hall of Haas Fine Arts Center. Taylor will perform the piano music of Thorkell Sigurbjönsson.

An assistant professor at Waldorf College, Taylor was the recipient of a Fulbright grant from the U.S. government to conduct research in Iceland for her doctoral thesis on Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto. Taylor is a soloist with several orchestras, including the Independence Symphony, the Jefferson City Symphony and the UMKC Symphony Orchestra.

Taylor has performed widely in the U.S., as well as in Reykjavík, Paris, Prague, Belgium and Austria. She also was the grand prize winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition and a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Chang Collegiate Competition. In addition to performing, Taylor lectures on Icelandic and Nordic music, which is her great passion.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience music they have never heard before, to learn more about the music of Iceland, and to hear about it from a fine pianist who has spent a considerable amount of her professional and academic career so far immersed in this music," said Dr. Nicholas Phillips, assistant professor of music.

Taylor’s visit is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The guest artist recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the music and theatre arts website, or contact Phillips at 715-836-5842 or phillins@uwec.edu.

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